Southern Tier

Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties

Chief engineer of Geri-Safe on the value of the Hardware Accelerator at the STA and Rev: Ithaca

Over at Upstate Venture Connect, there's an excellent blog entry featuring an interview with Nandita Bal, chief engineer of Geri-Safe, a startup develoing technology to help older adults. In the interview, she describes how her team's venture leveraged the Hardware Accelerator sponsored by the Southern Tier Startup Alliance (the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot) and then decided to enter the Rev: Ithaca Startup Works physical incubator:

The $2,000 in development funds that I received as part of the Hardware Accelerator program was enough to get a functioning prototype–the 3D printer in the Rev prototyping lab helped us test a lot of the small details of our specific designs before considering manufacturing. And the mentors were always there to guide me, so my work never stopped. There are so many events that keep happening at Rev, so the whole community thinks of Rev as the place to come talk about startups. For networking, that was great. The university, the location, the mentorship, the space, the Hardware Accelerator workshop, the network–those are what made me stay in the Southern Tier.

The Hardware Accelerator got started last year with a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For the rest of the interview, please follow this link.

Rev incubator wins 'economic development project of the year' from Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Our member Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a collaboration of Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, won "Economic Development Project of the Year" from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Rev anchors a newly expanded building a block east of the Ithaca Commons.

Congratulations to Rev director Tom Schryver, executive director of Cornell's Center for Regional Economic Advancement and vice chair of the BIA/NYS board. For more information see the Cornell news release

Binghamton Press visits all the incubator members of the Southern Tier Startup Alliance

All our member incubators affiliated with the Southern Tier Startup Alliance were visited by the Binghamton Press & Sunday Bulletin in a recent feature at its pressconnects website.

The article nicely reviews the various ways in which incubators assist entrepreneurs, and assesses the respective strengths – from software to biotech to advanced manufacturing – of all the member incubators in Binghamton, Ithaca, Corning, and Elmira. 

The STSA is a state-designated Innovation Hot Spot and has the capacity to grant extensive tax relief to fast-growing businesses located at any of its members. 

Embark and Ecolectro enter McGovern Center life sciences incubator at Cornell

Embark Veterinary, which is developing a new gene-based testing platform for canine health, and Ecolectro, which is developing novel polymer materials for alternative-energy applications, are the newest tenant/clients admitted to the McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences at Cornell's main campus in Ithaca. 

According to a university news release, Embark was cofounded by a Cornell faculty member and his brother (who is serving a the CEO), and Ecolectro's CEO and CSO are both graduates or soon-to-be graduates of doctoral programs at the university. 

Ecolectro last year participated in the NYSERDA-sponsored NEXUS-NY proof of concept center, a pre-incubator program operated by our member High Tech Rochester. 

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